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Corporate Immigration

An overview of Canada’s Start-Up Business Class

Despite the fact that the United States (and many other western countries) have adopted more restrictive immigration policies, Canada remains relatively open to accepting new immigrants.

 

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Celebrating Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Canadian Multiculturalism Day is celebrated on June 27 each year. According to the Government of Canada, Canadian Multiculturalism Day is an opportunity to celebrate the country’s diversity and its commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect, and to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society.

 

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Cannabis in the United States and its implications in naturalization applications

In April 2019, the media reported that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had denied the naturalization applications of at least two lawful permanent residents who had worked for state-licensed cannabis businesses in the State of Colorado.

 

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Welcome to 2019 with new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada: A summary

Welcome to 2019 and a load of new employment and labour law rules and obligations across Canada.

 

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A review of U.S. border crossing issues one month after cannabis legalization

As we are now at the one-month anniversary of cannabis legalization in Canada, it would be an appropriate time to revisit the issue of U.S. border crossings, in the context of cannabis.

 

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Does the Canada Border Services Agency have the authority to search your electronic devices?

Travellers may feel that searches of their electronic devices at border crossings are an unreasonable violation of their privacy rights. However, they need to be aware that refusing to provide their password can have serious consequences.

 

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The L-Visa: An attractive option for Canadian companies

In the right circumstances, the L-Visa category is a great option for a Canadian company looking to send employees to United States to work out of their American parent, branch or subsidiary company.

 

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Recent changes to impaired driving offenses and their effect on Canada’s immigration laws

Once Bill C-46 becomes effective, even impaired driving offences not involving bodily harm or death will be considered serious criminality under IRPA 36(1).

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with pay transparency, US work visas and electronic agreements.

 

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USCBP updates policy on border searches of electronic devices

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On January 4, 2018, United States Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) updated its official policy on border searches of electronic devices. The new policy directive[1] (the “New Directive”) supersedes its prior policy directive (the “Prior Directive), which was issued on August 20, 2009[2]. The New Directive addresses some, but not all, of the issues that arise in relation to border searches of electronic devices.

 

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President Trump’s latest travel ban and its effect on Canadian citizens and permanent residents

On December 4, 2017, in a 7-2 decision the United States Supreme Court lifted the temporary restraining order that had initially blocked President Trump’s latest travel ban.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: a recent policy statement released by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a proposed increase to administrative monetary penalties under Bill 148 and consequential and technical changes to regulations made under the Employment Standards Act if the proposed Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 is passed.

 

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CETA offers enhanced labour mobility for EU nationals entering Canada

Canada and the European Union (“EU”) commenced their provisional application of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) on September 21, 2017.

 

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Notice to TIFF attendees: Watch out for Canada’s immigration laws

As in previous years, the Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”) is expected to receive thousands of visitors from around the World. However, many of these visitors are not aware that relatively minor offences can prevent them from entering Canada.

 

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Update on express entry

Since Express Entry began on January 1, 2015, it has been necessary for prospective permanent residents to first receive an Invitation to Apply (“ITA”) before submitting an application for permanent residence under one of the following categories:

 

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